PanamáOrganizational context The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network, reaching 150 million people each year through its 190 member National Societies. The Organisation acts before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. Our work is guided by seven fundamental principles (humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unit and universality) and our humanitarian values (the people, integrity, partnerships, diversity, leadership, innovation) and by Strategy 2020, which voices our collective vision and determination to move forward in tackling the major challenges that confront humanity in the present decade.
The Disaster Law Programme in the Americas is part of the Americas Disasters & Crisis Department which forms an integrated part of the Americas Regional Office and works in close collaboration with other Regional Units, Regional Representatives and Country Cluster Offices in the Americas and the Caribbean, as well as with Disaster Law Programme staff in Geneva and other Regions. The Disaster Law Officer reports directly to the Americas Disaster Law and Legislative Advocacy, Coordinator.
The Disaster Law Officer is responsible to support the implementation of the work of the Disaster Law Programme in America, at the country level and in appropriate regional fora. It also supports connecting disaster law advocacy with the disaster management, humanitarian diplomacy and related initiatives of the Americas Region.
The Disaster Law Officer provides technical support and follow-up in the implementation of projects and activities to achieve the objectives of the Disaster Law Programme in the Americas region in accordance with the Operation Plan of the Disasters & Crisis Department, the IFRC Regional Office and the Disaster Law Programme Strategy.
Activities are carried out under the supervision of the Americas Disaster Law and Legislative Advocacy, Coordinator, together with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and in close collaboration with other major stakeholders such as States, the United Nations, and other regional organisations concerned with disaster management.
Job duties and responsibilities
Support the Americas Disaster Law and Legislative Advocacy, Coordinator in the management and follow up on implementation of projects conducted by the Disaster Law Programme in the Americas in accordance with agreed sign-off and reporting requirements.
Provide sound technical support to the DLP by reviewing case studies, national and regional Disaster Law-related instruments.
Support with the development of relevant material and with the preparation of the content and organization of events with National Societies and external stakeholders.
Support the implementation of the Disaster Law Strategy in the Americas, in accordance with the Inter American Framework for Actions, the global objectives responding to the International Conference, as well as the Global Disaster Law Programme plan and budget.
Under the supervision of the Americas Disaster Law and Legislative Advocacy, Coordinator, support the coordination with the Country, Regional Representatives, DCPRR, relevant programme units and external partners such as the UN supporting the objectives of the Humanitarian Diplomacy Agenda and capacity building support to National Societies.
Support with administrative procedures in the recruitment and supervision of consultants and interns.
Key tasks: Under the supervision of the Americas Disaster Law and Legislative Advocacy, Coordinator:
Support with the implementation of technical projects and research, in particular through the initiation and follow-up on successful execution of the projects. Draft concept papers, terms of reference and other necessary project documentation and communication, under the supervision of the Americas Disaster Law and Legislative Advocacy, Coordinator.
Analyse legal instruments, draft commentary on disaster related legislation and provide technical advice on behalf of the DLP. Support the development, dissemination and use of DLP instruments such as the IDRL Guidelines and Model Act and Model Decree, Checklist on Law and DRR and new Checklist on Domestic Preparedness for National Disaster Response.
Support legislative advocacy activities in the region and give presentations on Disaster Law issues throughout the region to NS, governments and international organizations.
Support with the organization and facilitation of workshops, trainings and seminars on Disaster Law.
Prepare articles, newsletter content and other substantive and dissemination materials.
Contribute to the DLP Americas’ reporting tasks, including donor and programme reports.
Support the formation of networks and disseminating legal preparedness information.
Carry out administrative tasks of the DLP in the Americas region as needed.
Advanced qualification in international law or related field
3+ years of work experience in a related area, particularly in legal or policy development
Demonstrated research, writing and reporting experience
Experience with networking and communicating with different stakeholders such as government, UN, NGOs and other organisations, preferred
Demonstrated experience in programme management, preferred
Experience within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, preferred
Knowledge and Skills
Good knowledge and understanding of disaster management and law/policy-making processes
Good professional communication skills, both written and verbal
Excellent computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
Ability to use own initiative and problem-solving skills
Knowledge of the International Federation’s policies and procedures, preferred.
Fluent spoken and written English
Fluent spoken and written Spanish
Good command of another IFRC official language (French) or any other language relevant to the country of mission, preferred.
Competencies and values
Values: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability
Core competencies: Communication; Collaboration and teamwork; Judgement and decision making; National society and customer relations; Creativity and innovation; Building trust.
Please note that the selected candidate will be hired through a national contract; therefore, only nationals of Panama or foreigners holding a valid work permit will be considered.
The incumbent is responsible to abide by Federation policies, procedures, plans and applicable national laws.
The closing date is midnight Geneva time
Only those candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified
The position will be based in Panama, Republic of Panama
Please apply in the following link: https://www.ifrc.org/en/who-we-are/working-with-us/current-vacancies/job-description/?id=33776